Garcia near lead despite finger injury


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Sergio Garcia extended his middle finger to a reporter after his second round at the Masters on Friday.

Oh, come on. It’s not what you think.

Following rounds of 72-68 that left him one stroke out of the halfway lead, Garcia talked about a fingernail injury that has been bothering him for the first two days of the tournament. When the reporter inquired as to which finger it was, he lifted his left hand and, well, displayed the distressed digit.

“It's obviously a little uncomfortable,” Garcia conceded. “I think early on the day, it's worse. Then as the round goes on, I think that as the round goes on, it probably opens up a little bit and it loses a little bit of that … inflammation.”

If the injury continues to heal each day, that could spell trouble for the rest of the field. In the second round, Garcia posted six birdies against just two bogeys, climbing into a share of third place on the leaderboard.